Courthouse windows

The county has approved a request for quotes to replace 169 windows in the Williams County Courthouse, including windows like this one in the auditor’s office on the second floor that have significantly deteriorated.

County commissioners Monday approved a request for quotes from architects/engineers to replace 169 windows in the Williams County Courthouse, in downtown Bryan.

The 35,000-square-foot circa-1891 courthouse consists of 175 windows, with six of them being large, curved windows. The focus of the project is to replace 169 of the windows with dark bronze aluminum frame, tinted-glass, double-pane, insulated windows.

Twenty windows will be operating casement windows, allowing every corner of the building to get airflow and allow access to maintain overhangs and to service heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment. The remaining windows will be fixed.

The six large, curved windows on the east and west sides of the second floor are proposed to be completely restored and reinstalled, with fixed-glass, curved storm windows installed on the outside to improve performance. Work also includes the restoration of the damaged woodwork around the west side windows.

The current estimated cost is $900,000.

The courthouse is a brick and sandstone structure built in a Romanesque revival style. The county is seeking both a professional services contract and subsequent construction contract as soon as possible, with hopes to complete construction prior to Dec. 31.

Commissioners have set a deadline of Aug. 20 for receipt of bids.

In other action Monday, commissioners:

• At the request of Darrel Moore, executive director for Hillside Country Living, authorized a mock life safety survey proposal and engagement letter between Hillside and LeaderStat, for life safety/nursing surveys for Hillsides’s The Village facility, at a cost of $4,500 to $5,300.

• Held a 20-minute closed, executive session under Ohio Revised Code 121.22(G)(6), to discuss cybersecurity, with county Information Technology Manager Jeremy Suffel. No action was taken upon return to open session.

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